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Cisco Meraki Documentation

Configuring Bandwidth Limitations and Enabling Speed Burst on Wireless Networks

Cisco Meraki Access Points provide the ability to set bandwidth limits for users on a wireless network.  Administrators may find it useful to limit the data rate allocated per user to prevent bandwidth hogging. However, sometimes limiting data rates for brief downloads is unnecessary and contributes to poorer user experience.


SpeedBurst can be enabled in conjunction with traffic shaping rules to allow users to burst up to four times their allotted bandwidth limit for a period of up to five seconds. This ensures users have an improved experience on the network, particularly when downloading small files, while still preventing individual clients from consistently utilizing large amounts of the available bandwidth.



Below is an example on how to configure bandwidth limits for users.

  1. Login to Dashboard

  2. Navigate to Wireless > Configure > Firewall & traffic shaping

  3. Select the wireless network under configuration from the SSID drop down

  4. Find the section for Traffic shaping rules

  5. Under Per-client bandwidth limit, slide the toggle bar right to increase, left to decrease OR click the details link

    1. Under details, enter rates in the "down (Kb/s)" field and the "up (Kb/s)" field

    2. Click the simple link to go back to using the toggle bar (up/down rates are the same)

  6. Check the box for Enable SpeedBurst

  7. Click the Save changes button

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